'fountain drink with mixed flavors'

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Tue Mar 20 19:00:59 UTC 2007

Charles Doyle asked:
> When I was a Texas teenager, adventurous habitues of the soda-fountain would
> sometimes order a drink make from a squirt of each available syrup, the glass
> then filled with carbonated water. The local term for the resulting beverage
> Recently I discovered that some Georgians, a whole generation younger, have
> other terms for such a miscellaneous concoction, like TORNADO and SUICIDE.
> Do still other terms exist? Regionally distributed, or in some other pattern?
>  Of course, the soda fountain itself may be an almost extinct phenomenon, but
> I've seen young people go down the self-serve repertory of drink spouts at
> fast-food restaurants, mixing.

Not quite what you're describing, but when I was in college at UC Santa
Barbara, in the mid-'70s, I was introduced to a drink called "swampwater",
which was half-and-half root beer and orange soda. My 19-year-old self thought
it rather tasty.

Jim Parish
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